April 22, 2016

Comfort Zone Musings

I LOVE travel, especially the ones that leave a mark on my passport. I love the adventure, particularly the rush of excitement on the prospect of venturing to the unknown. Don't get me wrong; I'm not impulsive. I like to plan my travels, or at least learn about the place that I am going to, prior to making the trip itself. My excitement comes from experiencing first-hand the expectations I've set in my mind (or on paper), and also from surviving any mishaps along the way.

But no matter how often or how far I get to travel, I would always want to go back to the Philippines. Not because I miss my work, or my lifestyle, or the company I keep here. I seek the Philippines mostly because of the comfort brought about by the familiarity and the routine I've already established here. Sure, I get bored once in a while (thus my need to travel), but at the end of the day, I would still want to settle down here in the Philippines.

Image source here.

So, my question is this: Why is this notion so bad?

April 02, 2016

When in Singapore: One Must Eat Chili Crabs

And crunchy baby squid...

And deep fried man tao...

Okay, let's not get ahead of ourselves.

For those who've already tried Hainanese Chicken and hawker foods, why not try eating in proper restaurants for a change?

The classic Singapore Chili Crab.

Before heading back to Manila from my week-long business trip to India, I decided (by great influence from my friend) to spend a night in Singapore. See, there is no direct flight from Hyderabad to Manila, and my choice of flights back then included a layover in Singapore. I have a friend living in Singapore, and when I told her that my layover was on a weekend, she asked if it is possible that I extend my layover in such a way that I will be staying there for two days. Turns out that it is possible to do that, so... Ta-dah! Bonus travel opportunity before heading home.

TRAVEL TIP: When travelling to countries where flights involve layover, check if it is possible (i.e. budget-wise AND visa/passport-wise) to have an extended stay in your layover country. In my case, I was able to afford to spend the night in Singapore (because I'll be staying at my friend's) AND my Philippine passport does not need a visa to travel there, so I went!

April 01, 2016

Oops, I'm in India: Golconda Fort

Because I only was able to enjoy one weekend during my stay in India, this was the only tourist spot I was able to visit. I have a lot of pictures of Golconda Fort already uploaded to my Flickr and to my photo blog, but I still want to share my experience exploring the area.

Golconda Fort in a Nutshell

Golconda Fort was once the stronghold of the capital of a medieval Southern India kingdom from the 14th to the 16th century. The outer walls of the fort span 10 kilometers in diameter, and the highest elevation within the fort is on a hill 120 meters high.  It is known as a great architectural wonder, as it is said that the buildings were built in such a way that a person standing on top of the hill can clearly hear a person clapping on the receiving dome below.

It is like old Manila's Intramuros, but way bigger and way more complex.